Producer voted to top post at Academy

Bringing back a name from its past, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has elected Hawk Koch to be its next president.

Koch’s father, Howard W. Koch, served as president from 1970-73 and 1977-79. Most recently, Koch has been serving as AMPAS’ first vice president.

Earning his first term as the Acad’s prexy, Koch replaces Tom Sherak, who had served three terms beginning in 2009. Koch was first vice president for the org in the past year, and previously served three one-year terms as treasurer.

Koch’s initial tenure as prexy will be limited to a single one-year term, because he will reach the limit of nine consecutive years on the board in 2013.

In the election of other AMPAS officers, Cheryl Boone Issacs will succeed Koch as first veep. Fellow Board of Governors member Phil Robinson was re-elected to one vice president post, while Kathleen Kennedy was elected to the other.

Rob Friedman was elected treasurer, while two-time Acad prexy Robert Rehme was voted secretary. Rehme, who has been a vice president of the board of governors, previously served as president from 1992-93 and 1997-2001.

Koch’s producer credits include “Losing Isaiah” and “Gorky Park.” He recently served as exec producer on “Source Code” and is doing the same on the upcoming “Very Good Girls.” He is also co-president of the Producers Guild, a title it has been speculated he might have to resign from to serve as Acad president.

Academy board members serve three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive terms in any one office.

On the agenda for the new president over the coming 12 months will be issues including the diversity of the membership and the board, the future of electronic voting, the number of best picture nominees each year and the long-term plan to install an Academy museum in the former May Co. building on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus.

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